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Academic Support
For Early Learners

The Friends Learning Center program is designed to foster confidence by preparing your child with a strong foundation for their early childhood academic years. All classes are taught by an experienced professional with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. We offer academic support enrichment classes, with a limit of four students per class, allowing personalized instruction for each participant. Our classes all combine creativity with instructional, interactive, hands-on learning. The best part is... our classes are FUN!

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To schedule your complimentary first class and learn more about our early literacy classes.

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Early Literacy Kindergarten Readiness For Preschoolers

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Our classes focus on early literacy, providing preschoolers with a strong foundation in kindergarten readiness. We offer two types of classes (see below) catered to a specific skill set. Classes are limited to four students to allow for maximum individualization of skill and material. These hands-on classes utilize a “learn-by-doing” approach, meaning your child will 

gain a stronger foundation by immersively engaging with the targeted subject. Our unique approach provides families of the Farmington Valley the opportunity to give their preschooler attending a local preschool,  a more targeted academic program.

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Preschool Enrichment: Preparing Your Preschooler
For Kindergarten

Our program fosters the transitional skills that are necessary for your preschooler to not only meet but exceed the expectations of a typical kindergarten class. Your preschooler will enter their kindergarten class with a strong sense of confidence and self-assurance that they are ready for what's ahead.  We also offer students a lens into a typical kindergarten classroom by facilitating intriguing but challenging hands-on educational activities and encouraging focus through our “learn-by-doing” approach. Our unique approach provides families in the Farmington Valley the opportunity to give their preschoolers a more targeted educational program as they transition from  a play based environment to a more academic kindergarten program.


Learn More About Our Enrichment Classes

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The Friends Learning Center is a literacy based enrichment center for preschoolers. Our enrichment classes utilize a hierarchy approach, fostering the retention of skills and mastery of the targeted information. We offer yearly based classes as well as drop-in classes to accommodate the needs of the families in the Farmington Valley.  While yearly based instruction provides students with a strong continuity of skills and material, our drop-in classes are a perfect for fit for those families who do not want to make the commitment for our yearly classes. Both our yearly as well as drop-in classes follow the same format and content. Drop-in classes require all students to be in a local preschool program to attend.

Little Explorers: Ages 3

Join us as your little learners hop, skip, and jump on this exciting journey as they begin learning letters, shapes, and colors oh my ! These classes are a great first beginning in early literacy. All students must be potty trained.

Letter Factory: Ages  4-5

The road to Soundsville is straight ahead! Our friends get to know all the letters of the alphabet at our letter factory, where we'll put on our thinking hats to learn letters and sounds


2023-2024 Schedule & Registration

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Check out our class schedule for 2023-2024. We are a 10-month program and offer both yearly and drop-in classes.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter as well as follow us on social media to stay up to date on all drop-in days and times each month.  

We currently have one 1 spot left in our three's class !

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Contact Us For Your Complimentary Class

While we do not offer any summer classes, we will be offering 3 trial class for any prospective students for our  2023-2024 classes that begin in September.  These classes are all complimentary but do require you to register your child. Classes

are limited to 4 students and are only open to preschoolers ages 4 & 5 years old.

July 26 10:00-12:00

August 8

September 5 


Meet Our Founder & Director Mrs. Faust!


I am so excited to introduce you to The Friends Learning Center. My vision for The Friends Learning Center is to provide a nurturing environment in which my students are learning and engaging but also having FUN. I want my students to LOVE coming to our learning center just as much as I LOVE seeing them come into my classroom.


Here's a little about my own journey to opening the center. After receiving my master’s degree in special education from CW Post University on Long Island over 20 years ago, I spent many years teaching in the early childhood field. I have worked in various preschools in New York and Connecticut with students aged 2-7 years old. But my favorite age group to teach has always been pre-k students.


In the early years of my career, I taught an inclusion preschool class as well as provided Birth-to-Three services to many children in the New York area. I then went on to teach “year of extra time” classes for preschoolers preparing to enter kindergarten at a local preschool in the Farmington Valley. It was here that I found my true passion and where I knew I am meant to be teaching.  I love working with and supporting preschoolers as they begin their journey to kindergarten. It is the reason I wanted to open The Friends Learning Center in Avon.

Nowadays, I am a mom to two teenage girls who inspire me every day.  In fact, my experiences as a mom played a part in my decision to open The Friends Learning Center. I have been exactly where you are today - my girls were once just like your little ones.  I know the challenges and struggles of wanting your child to be prepared for kindergarten socially, emotionally, and academically.  And for all these reasons, both as a mom and an early childhood educator, I am so excited to help meet the needs of preschoolers and their families in the Farmington Valley.

I would love to give you a tour of our center to show you our classroom, learn about our classes, and chat more about your child's unique way of learning.


Hope to see you soon!


Your Friend, 

Mrs. Faust



The Friends Learning Center understands that choosing programs and activities for your preschooler is often a big decision. We are confident that our classes will be a great fit for your child’s preschool years. Therefore, we want to answer any questions that you may have about The Friends Learning Center. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from parents. Please reach out to us with any additional questions you may have about our program. The Friends Learning Center is here to support you in choosing the best program for your preschooler.

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(917) 826-9177

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